Budget Meals

Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.


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5 Recipes for Meals that Keep Well

It's often a challenge to put a fresh, home-cooked meal on the table every night. Make-ahead meals can save you a ton of time and money, plus they refrigerate or freeze beautifully!

5 Recipes That Cost Less Than $2

You don't have to be an extreme couponer to produce delicious meals on the cheap!

5 Recipes Using Cream of Mushroom Soup

We know you can use cream of mushroom soup in chicken or green bean casseroles. But there are lots more uses, ranging from cold pasta salads to warm mashed potatoes. We'll give you five new ways.

5 Tips for Cooking for a Crowd on a Budget

Want to throw a shindig but don't have the cash to go crazy on food? Here are some tips to stretch every food-related party dollar to the max.

5 Tips for Saving Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs can pack a flavor punch in your dishes, but they don't last very long in your fridge. These five tips will have you cooking fresh for a long time to come.

5 Tips for Saving Fresh Tomatoes

Regardless if they're sliced, diced or crushed, tomatoes are popular because they have fantastic flavor and cooking versatility. But how can aspiring chefs keep them fresh until it's time to create a culinary masterpiece?

5 Uses for Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Cooking just the right amount of mashed potatoes for the number of mouths you have to feed can be quite the challenge. If you end up with too much, how can you keep them from going to waste?

5 Ways to Eat Ramen for Dinner

Long the staple of college students, ramen has gone upscale. It can be used in all kinds of salads, entrees, even desserts. We'll showcase five recipes.

5 Ways to Use Avocados

Avocados have become popular in the last few years, and these five uses are just a start to all of the creative ways you can enjoy their creamy goodness.

5 Ways to Use Zucchini

Zucchini is incredibly versatile, easy to cook and packs a big nutrition punch. Here are five tasty ways to serve up this veggie.

5 Inexpensive Vegetarian Meals that Meat-eaters Will Love

What if you're having company over for dinner, and a couple of the guests are vegetarians? Will you be able to serve a veggie meal that pleases the whole crowd? We'll help you out.

Eat Frozen, Live Frugally

Freezing fresh produce and your home-cooked leftovers is where you get a real bang for your grocery buck. By strategically utilizing your freezer, you'll likely save money, waste less food and eat more healthfully.

How much can you save by not eating fast food?

It seems like the dollar menu at your local drive-through would be cheaper than shopping for groceries and cooking at home. But is it?

How much can you save by not eating meat?

People choose vegetarianism for many reasons: animal rights, religious beliefs, health. But what about skipping meat to save money? Does vegetarianism save?

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Healthy food choices are often expensive, and rising food prices are discouraging people from eating right. But it's possible to eat well on a budget. Try these shopping tips to get through the supermarket with better selections in your cart.

How to Eat Organic on a Budget

Eating organic has numerous benefits -- and one major drawback: the price. But it could be cheaper than you think to incorporate organic foods into your diet.

How to Get Enough Protein on a Budget

Proteins are essential to your diet but can wreak havoc on your wallet. But if you know what to buy and how to pair them up, buying proteins can cost less than you think.

How to Host a Meal for 5 without Breaking the Bank

You want to throw a dinner party for five, but how do you do it without blowing your budget? We have some tips on how to do so affordably.

How to Save Tomato Seeds for Planting

Why buy tomatoes when you can grow your own from the ground up? Find out how easy tomato seeds are to harvest, save and plant in your own garden!

Slow Cookers: They're Hot Again

Slow cookers are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen. You can impress your guests and your family with your mad cooking skills, with very little work involved.

What can you do with leftover cooked vegetables?

Don't let your leftover vegetables rot in the fridge. With a little creativity, you can use them for every meal of the day.

What can you do with leftover juice from tomatoes?

Leftover tomato juice is a mecca of flavoring options just waiting to be tapped into. Don't drain that flavor goodness down your sink; get creative and spice up your meal.

Inedible to Incredible Recipes

Try these great recipes from the TLC show Inedible to Incredible with Chef John Besh.

Splurge vs. Save: Lobster vs. Crab

If you're torn between shelling out for the luxurious taste of lobster and saving your budget with the more cost-effective crab, you might not have to choose. There are ways to combine the two and serve up a seafood dish your guests will love.

Foods Under 5 Dollars Pictures

Food prices have been steadily rising and it can be a challenge to find food for less than five dollars. Do you know where to look? Explore our gallery and discover where you can find some cheap treats!